Sunday, July 05, 2009

Spotlight on 2nd District 2010: Daniel Edmonds (R)

Spotlight on 2010 2nd District Candidates: Daniel Edmonds (R)
A continuing series from the Muskogee Politico

Today's spotlight candidate is Daniel Edmonds. Edmonds was one of five gentlemen who spoke at a recent 2nd District GOP meeting who are either considering a run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2010 against incumbent Democrat Dan Boren, or are already announce candidates.

Here is his bio, edited for length for this post:

Edmonds, the fourth of twelve children, was born in Okmulgee County on September 14, 1983. He grew up in a rural setting near Morris, Oklahoma, working in the family’s horse and cattle operation.

He attended Morris Public Schools, graduating as salutorian. During his school years, he was involved in the local FFA chapter, serving as reporter and president during his tenure. After graduation, Edmonds continued his education at Oklahoma State University.

At OSU, Daniel was offered the opportunity to serve as the 2006 Agriculture Legislative Intern. During the session, he worked with State Senator and Agricultural Committee Chair Daisy Lawler (D, Lawton) and State Representative and Agricultural Committee Chair Dale DeWitt (R, Braman). In the summer of 2006, he also served as Agriculture Policy Intern with U.S. Representative Frank Lucas in Washington, D.C.

Upon returning to OSU in the fall of 2006, Daniel completed his Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences with an emphasis in Agronomy. He remained at OSU to pursue his Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science under the advisement of Dr. Bill Raun and to work as a graduate research assistant. He received the Phoenix Award for OSU’s Outstanding Master’s Student in 2008.

Daniel’s research efforts at OSU have included mid-season nitrogen fertilization recommendations and approaches using sensor technology for various crops such as corn, wheat, cotton, and soybeans, and milo. His familiarity with the GreenSeeker®, N-Rich Strip, and N-Ramp technologies yielded several opportunities for Daniel to travel internationally to share his experiences and knowledge with farmers in Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Mexico.

Currently, Daniel is finishing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Soil Science, again under the advisement of Dr. Bill Raun. His completion date is scheduled for May 2010. While studying and researching for this terminal degree, Daniel has worked as a graduate research assistant, as the Senior Agriculturalist, and is now working under a research fellowship.

Daniel is a member of Henryetta Gospel Tabernacle UPC where he serves as the Pre-K Sunday School teacher and as the editor and publisher of the church’s weekly bulletin.

You can visit Edmonds' website at, and follow him on Twitter at @DanielEEdmonds.

Edmonds seems to be a very intelligent young man, with quite the impressive agricultural resume, which could be very beneficial to him in the more rural farm areas of the Second District.

An and official announcement from Edmonds will come later this summer. He joins Howard Houchen and Dan Arnett as the (officially and unofficially) announced Republican candidates for the Second District.

More to come on other candidates. Stay tuned for this continuing series. and


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